Does the thought of rocking out to some of your favourite bands this summer excite you – but the thought of camping in a tent utterly horrify you? You’re not alone. For years, some of the nation’s best-loved festivals have been no-go zones for those not willing to slum it, but these days, things have changed – so if, like most of us, you’re the type who enjoys life’s little luxuries, then you’ll be pleased to know that you can now enjoy the whole experience in style.
Many of the leading festivals now offer luxury camping packages, from glamping in fully equipped tipis which come complete with beds and wardrobes, to hiring out an ipulent winnebago that is fully kitted out with its own kitchen, bathroom, TV and sound system. We’re not talking static caravan levels here, either – think more like five-star hotel, minus the service, and you’ll be on the right track.
Reserve some five-star accommodation
The likes of Glastonbury – the UK’s most popular festival – even has its own pop-up hotel. Including a swish lounge and dining area, concierge service and spa, this place doesn’t do things by halves. Last year, two nights in 10ft traditional yurt would have set you back £2,294, while a five-night stay in a 16ft cost £3,145. But, for those wanting to pull out all the stops and enjoy their stay to the utmost, a vast, three-bedroom suite can be yours for in excess of £14k.
Snag some VIP backstage asses
The obvious way to party like a VIP is to get your hands on a backstage pass. Allowing you access all areas, they’ll also give you the chance to rub shoulders with the stars and schmooze with the rich and famous – so if that sounds like your crowd then you could be onto a winner.
Not only that, but you’ll have access to comfortable seating areas and private dining and bar options – as well as getting privileged standing space at the front of the stages when your favourite acts are performing.
Getting your hands on a backstage pass can be tricky – and is often a case of being less about what you know and more about who you know. However, as always, money does talk – so ask around, talk to affluent friends who are attending and be prepared to part with a healthy chunk of cash. Tickets are strictly non-transferable and usually reserved for the music industry – so if you manage to get your hands on some then be sure to make the most of them.
Pack the right tools for the job
Consider your destination when selecting your travel bags, and keep in mind that you are staying at a five-star hotel. With fields to navigate, you’re not going to want to try lugging around those big designer suitcases – so opt for something a little more practical instead.
Pack bigger items and your clothes inside a daypack and then store smaller items such as sunglasses and keys in a cube, sac, wristle, or waistpack. They make it easier to find smaller items and keep everything compact inside of your day bag, and although they may not quite reach the dizzy heights of sophistication you can usually be seen in, they’ll make life easier no end. The good news? Most of your favourite designers will make some practical travel bags, too – so if you can’t bear the thought of compromising on style, then this could be your answer.
Be prepared to brave the weather elements, rain or shine. Take an umbrella with you, no matter what the forecast is; after all, it is better to be smart, and there is nothing glamorous about your freshly blow-dried hair getting an unwelcome soaking. Get your festival accessories at www.preimierglow.com.
Get your beauty sleep
Want to look your best each morning? We hate to put a dampener on things, but getting your eight hours of shut-eye is vital to maintaining a fresh-faced look. Choose the performers you want to see wisely, and plan your routine around that. This will enable you to make sure you’re getting enough rest each night – and will be able to pull off another show-stopping look the next day.
The good news is, thanks to your luxury accommodation, getting a good night’s sleep witll be easy. Although you’ll be in a quieter area, away from the throng of the busy main campsite, soft earplugs can help to drown out some of the excess noise to help you sleep and can also be used if you end up to close to the sound system during the day.
If you still need some additional secret weapons, wearing an eye mask can trick your body into believing that your tent is completely dark and an inflatable lumbar pillow will give you additional lower-back support that is desperately needed by your body after spending hours on your feet.
These days, most festivals offer massage parlours, blowdry bars and beauty salons, meaning you’ll never have to compromise on looking your best, so be sure to make use of those, too.
Make this summer one to remember by doing your favourite festivals in style. It might not be a luxury beach villa in Barbados, but a week of musical fun might just make your year.